After the game with Manchester City Rafa Benitez has moved to Newcastle’s next test – at Rafa’s old club Liverpool on Saturday – where we have never won since back in 1994 – so it’s a very good time on Saturday to break that poor spell.
And with Rafa Benitez in charge it’s starting to look like anything may be possible when he has his players performing with passion and fight like they have over the last couple of games.
Those games have been at home however – and now our players must show the same passion, fight and will to win away from home on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez – animated on the touchline last Saturday
Here’s what Rafa said after the 1-1 draw against Manchester City:
“We are closer – still not enough, but we are closer.” “Hopefully we can get more points playing at this level, with this intensity, and then we’ll have more chances.”
“I think that we were working so hard that we deserved, in the end, this point. It could be even better but if you see the other team, how strong they are, I think you have to be pleased with the performance of the players and the reaction.”
“And also the fans were behind the team so there were a lot of positives again.”
“You have to say congratulations to our players because they were fighting until the end with passion, with commitment, and the fans appreciated that.”
“We are in a position where playing at home, we have to believe with our fans behind us that they can make the difference.” “I think that my connection with Liverpool is obvious but we will try to win.”
“Hopefully we can do it and, like I said with Manchester City, if they progress in the Champions League, fine – if Liverpool progress in the Europa League, fine, but we need the three points.”
Rafa is trying to instill in his players the notion that we need 3 points in every single remaining game – and that includes Liverpool on Saturday.
That’s his message to our players who had a losing mentality when he arrived a short six weeks ago tomorrow.
The Newcastle manager is hoping the Liverpool have on eye on the semi-final of the Europa League next Thursday at Villareal in the first leg.
A win would be unbelievable for Newcastle, but such is our plight in the league that we must go all out for the win at Anfield.
We know that’s exactly what Rafa and our players will be doing, and they’ll be back at the Benton training grounds preparing for this vital game for the club.
Howay The Lads!!